Comfone’s industry-leading ‘Key2roam’ roaming service signs its 100th mobile network
Milestone reached after just three years offering GSMA-compliant, world-leading solution
Largest footprint of any roaming hub service
Bern, Switzerland, 31 January 2008 - International roaming specialist, Comfone, today announces that with the signing of its latest customer its Key2roam® service community has now reached 100 members.
Comfone’s Key2roam hub model enables any operator to establish multiple roaming relationships with networks around the world through a single, standard bilateral roaming agreement with Comfone.
Fully compliant with GSM Association standards, all elements of roaming including interconnection, testing, account transfer procedures, roaming management, error handling and fraud processes are handled for the operator under the agreement with Comfone Key2roam. As a result, the customer’s resources are freed from the costly tasks involved in setting up roaming relations, allowing the operator to focus instead on its core business.
Since its launch in 2004, Key2roam has continually evolved to ensure its position as the industry’s most trusted and truly neutral roaming hub. Comfone’s experience in the roaming market and its provision of a complete portfolio of roaming services, including: signalling, clearing, data, hubbing and convergence services, has enabled the company to offer the leading hub service that it does today - a hub service that is well ahead of other market players, boasting the largest worldwide footprint of any hub roaming solution available to the global mobile operator community.
“Key2roam owes much of its success to its first customers,” said Oscar Derrer, CEO of Comfone. “As early adopters they set a trend for establishing Comfone’s roaming hub service as the world leader. Comfone’s vision of outsourced roaming services has now been fully endorsed by the industry and the GSMA, with current market activities focusing heavily on hubbing solutions. We look forward to the continued growth of our Key2roam operator community.”
The Key2roam community currently includes some of the leading mobile operator groups as well as operators of all sizes from countries around the world.
Based on an ambitious programme of innovations, Comfone has planned the roll-out of exciting new features to its hub service. The first of such features is the integration of an SMS Interworking hub for Key2roam members.
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About Comfone – www.comfone.com
Comfone, provider of roaming services to more than 300 operators in over 125 countries worldwide, is known throughout the telecoms industry as an international mobile roaming specialist. Comfone’s industry know-how owes itself to years of experience and customer-orientated in-house expertise.
Through its unique portfolio and additional value added services, Comfone fully optimises the setting up of each operator’s roaming processes, thus reducing the total cost of roaming. The company’s portfolio ranges from the complete outsourcing of roaming, to individual elements, such as signalling, hubbing, data, convergence and clearing services.
The launch of Comfone’s pioneering hub service, Comfone Key2roam, has provided mobile operators with worldwide coverage, interconnection and clearing through only one agreement with Comfone and one connection to the company’s central platform, for the past four years.
Comfone’s active participation in GSMA standardisation groups ensures that its innovative solutions are market-driven and meet the requirements of its substantial worldwide customer base.
Comfone employs nearly 100 multicultural staff who speak a total of 16 languages at its headquarters in Bern. From its regional offices covering Europe, Latin America, North America, Central Asia and Asia Pacific, Comfone is well placed to support its customers throughout the world.
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